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Homepage http://www.bluesnews.com/
Signed On Oct 30, 1999, 19:41
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 5, 2018, 17:52  Frans 
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 5, 2018, 14:49:
Frans wrote on Oct 5, 2018, 14:42:
You didn't hard-refresh, I take it?
Hmm, I launched it in a new browser and one updated, but the other didn't -- how could that have happened? Weird.
Because I also fixed the filename of the first one (gunnaranddder -> gunnaranddeer ) so it was a "new" image.
 
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 5, 2018, 14:42  Frans 
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 5, 2018, 13:27:
Frans wrote on Oct 5, 2018, 11:50:
Actually, it didn't as such, but I fixed up everything now.
One out of two ain't bad?
You didn't hard-refresh, I take it?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 5, 2018, 11:50  Frans 
 
Blue wrote on Oct 5, 2018, 09:48:
our screenshots script would flip them sideways
Actually, it didn't as such, but I fixed up everything now.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
33. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 26, 2018, 15:10  Frans 
 
Rigs wrote on Aug 26, 2018, 08:16:
Well, you guys should check your Twitter then
I don't go there (or any other anti-"social media").

It turns out that outside mail sent to root@ reaches only Blue, we're taking steps to make it reach me as well.
 
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20. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 26, 2018, 04:44  Frans 
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 25, 2018, 21:38:
Frans, messing with that ESP stuff is scary. Good Luck!
Blue somewhat over-interpreted my explanation. The issue that was bugging me had nothing to do with Blue's News or email, it was in an unrelated programming project. Only after sorting that out, I happened to see Blue's mail. No ESP involved, although it makes for a funnier story.

And yes, the server hung up again all Saturday afternoon and early evening, but cleared out of it by itself. No ESP aided to become aware of that, and nobody emailed either, that's why it lasted so long. So there.
 
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General Discussion > Blues news is pretty horrible on phones...
8. Re: Blues news is pretty horrible on phones... Jul 29, 2018, 03:46  Frans 
 
Quboid wrote on Jul 27, 2018, 19:09:
JeffD wrote on Jul 26, 2018, 17:18:
So in other words, no one can be bothered with installing newer software. My only guess is you want to preserve the sites previous data, but that is neither a fix or workaround. Also how are security updates for software that is no longer updated?

My understanding is that the content management system is custom, and is maintained by Frans but no significant new features are added. The server software is pretty standard, and is updated regularly.
That understanding is correct. The CMS is called Blammo, btw. I think (hope) I locked down any possible backdoors, SQL injection points, etc. But at any rate, because it is custom, at least script kiddies and other common hack attempts are futile, and have been for 19 years. Our Apache log is testament to this not being for lack of trying.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2018, 04:35  Frans 
 
whitelined wrote on Jul 25, 2018, 19:09:
Any plans to make website more mobile friendly?
That's a long-standing topic.
 
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General Discussion > Blues news is pretty horrible on phones...
4. Re: Blues news is pretty horrible on phones... Jul 26, 2018, 04:32  Frans 
 
JeffD wrote on Jul 16, 2018, 22:35:
I am surprised this hasn't been brought up by anyone,
Actually, it was.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 25, 2018, 16:31  Frans 
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 25, 2018, 14:02:
Blue, the comments section in the Conan Exiles blurb isn't coming up.
An unclosed iframe tag ate it.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
4. Re: Into the Black Apr 27, 2018, 09:19  Frans 
 
Well, the OS upgrade did suffer an unexpected hiccup, needing assistance from data center support -- hence the long outage -- but otherwise encountered no major problems on the website/back-end side. So we're back! <phew>  
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General Discussion > Account deleting
5. Re: Account deleting Apr 23, 2018, 05:49  Frans 
 
Rain wrote on Apr 22, 2018, 17:09:
When I try to delete my comment, it says "The email address/password combination you entered does not have the appropriate permission to delete this comment."
After looking through the relevant board.pl code, it turns out only admins (Blue and me) can delete posts. So Blue's Jan 2017 post was unfortunately not accurate.
 
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24. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2018, 18:00  Frans 
 
Ant wrote on Mar 26, 2018, 12:37:
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 26, 2018, 08:56:
And just to make it known, THANK YOU for keeping this site running on the technical end. You are imo the most awesome person on the planet! Wouldn't know what to do without bluesnews.com every morning!
Ditto. Isn't BN the oldest gaming web site now? I miss FiringSquad, Avault, HappyPuppies, etc.
Thanks, that's very kind.

Yeah, very few gaming (news) sites from the '90s are still active. Many died, some are dormant (Gamer's Hell), some changed a lot (Shacknews). And sites like GameSpot and IGN are still going.

http://www.gamegossip.com/ collects feeds from who's still around, but since I stopped closely following gaming news years ago, I'm probably overlooking things.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2018, 07:51  Frans 
 
mag wrote on Mar 25, 2018, 19:13:
I am still getting expired SSL cert warnings when I go to https://bluesnews.com. I have to go to www.bluesnews.com to avoid the warning.
Oh, that's interesting. There's a rewrite rule that always directs users to the canonical hostname www.bluesnews.com, but this indicates the browser first checks the cert before following the redirect. A little unexpected, but logical now that I think about it.

I've added bluesnews.com to the cert.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: better CSS? Mar 25, 2018, 12:16  Frans 
 
MxxCon wrote on Mar 25, 2018, 10:22:
Any chance you guys could improve CSS for mobile?
There already is a topic for that, but no further update at this time. Mathematically speaking though, chances are rarely precisely 0.0%.
 
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23. Re: Expired SSL Certificate Mar 25, 2018, 08:56  Frans 
 
MxxCon wrote on Mar 24, 2018, 21:30:
To prevent future cookups with ssl cert, consider using https://certificatemonitor.org/
That would have been useful with the previous annual Network Solution cert (which Blue originally intended to extend), but now the Certbot weekly cron job serves the same purpose.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 24, 2018, 17:53  Frans 
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 24, 2018, 17:23:
Yeah... well, as someone who spent the better part of 4-5 years working on ordering, updating, and installing certificates... automatic is a relative term...
Okay, but I've been running Certbot on another site for a bit under a year, and the three-monthly renewals went fine. The cron job is in place. So we'll see what happens here in (nearly) three months.
 
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6. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 24, 2018, 17:11  Frans 
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 24, 2018, 16:27:
Well, with the new certificate expiring on June 22nd, you'll soon get another chance to be timely in replacing your certificate...
What part of "auto renewal" is not clear?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 24, 2018, 16:05  Frans 
 
Ant wrote on Mar 24, 2018, 13:14:
Tsk tsk. Blue, add a reminder to your calendar next time.
The calendar was fine, we discussed this on Feb 22. But after that day, it appears Blue had a blackout and completely dropped the ball on it. I figured it would be a good learning experience for him to not catch that ball before it hit the floor. This time.

The site has now switch to Let's Encrypt certificates with auto renewal, so we should be good to go for a long time.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 9, 2018, 04:24  Frans 
 
Thanks everyone, much appreciated.

Dr donkles wrote on Jan 8, 2018, 13:24:
Nice to have an oldschool tech still working on things the entire time.
Blue and you are too optimistic, the only way I can afford to do all this at zero budget is by, uhh, doing not much at all.

jdreyer wrote on Jan 8, 2018, 15:02:
Remember a few years ago how Blues would just randomly go down a couple times a week? The site has been super solid every since then.
Exactly, the current hardware and OS are so stable that my arms rarely need to be uncrossed anymore.

Of course, if a much more significant effort will be needed in the future again, I'm going to have to re-negotiate by which factor to multiply my current budget.

 
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 12, 2017, 13:32  Frans 
 
Good thing this site isn't a vlog, then. Sick Take care!  
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